Rae Gouirand’s first collection of poetry, Open Winter, was selected by Elaine Equi for the Bellday Prize, won an Independent Publisher Book Award for Poetry and the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, and the California Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared most recently in American Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, The FanzineVOLT, CrazyhorseThe Brooklyner, The Rumpus, Barrow Street, [PANK] online, a Distinguished Poet feature for The Inflectionist Review, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation.

An alum of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Michigan, Rae has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Kalani, and the Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence programs, as well as an award from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation for outstanding work by emerging poets. Since putting down roots in California’s Central Valley in 2003, she has founded numerous community workshops in poetry and prose throughout greater Sacramento and online, served as Writer-in-Residence for the nation’s only conservancy-sponsored public arts program at Cache Creek Nature Preserve, and worked with the literary nonprofit Memoir Journal to develop a national platform for the (In)Visible Memoirs project, a grant-funded program facilitating writing workshops in underserved communities. In recent years she has served as guest editor for OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts and a special issue of Adanna in tribute to Adrienne Rich, and as Nonfiction Editor for California Northern magazine. She is currently at work on a third collection of poems and a work of nonfiction.

Email Rae at rgouirand (at) gmail (dot) com.